Cheviot Theatre

3627 Harrison Avenue,
Cincinnati, OH 45211

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The Woodlawn Theatre was opened in 1923. In 1936 it was renamed Cheviot Theatre, and was expanded in 1940 to seat 690. It was remodelled to the pans of architect Erwin G. Fredericks in 1945 when it was operated by Marcus Theatres. It closed in 1957. It has been demolished and is a parking lot.

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dallasmovietheaters on February 24, 2016 at 10:50 pm

Lawrence Bueche Sr. launched the Woodlawn Theatre in 1923 at 3619 Harrison Avenue. Converting to sound, Bueche sold the theatre late in 1931 to J. Ebersole Crawford with Don McNatt running the theater. It officially changed names to the Cheviot Theatre in 1936. In 1940, the neighboring Elite Department Store folded at 3627 Harrison Avenue. It’s likely that the building was incorporated into the Cheviot which would soon use the 3627 Harrison address.

In 1947, the first FM station broadcast from the top if the Cheviot. Under Marcus Theatre Circuit in 1945, Chicago architect Erwin Fredericks was hired to modernize it.

The theater teetered in the television age closing for the summers in the 1950s. Harry Yutze of the Westwood managed the theater. In 1953, S&S Amusements took on the theatre going briefly with adult films in 1956 which drew considerable protest from special interest groups. The theater switches back to subrun double features and appears to close up shop in 1957. The theater joined the parking lot brigade when the building was purchased, razed and turned into a 175-car parking lot in 1959.

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